Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Newsfront (Philip Noyce, 1978)

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Australia



A warmly-regarded ode to the Aussie newsreel industry in its final years, it incorporates into its well-worn tale of technological takeover actual footage of things like the bloody, politically motivated scuffle between the Hungarian and Russian water polo teams at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The bits of newsreel are fascinating and exciting, the rest is mostly prosaic.

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